ACHS Combined Class Reunion Brings Smiles and Laughs

Bullet: Although Tropical Storm Ophelia dumped rain on the region on Saturday Sept. 23, and caused flooding in shore communities, hundreds braved the storm outside to find a warm, welcoming atmosphere inside the Atlantic City All Wars Memorial building, otherwise known as the Solider’s Home.

ACHS Combined Class Reunion Brings Smiles and Laughs

ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic City High School "Mother Shut Your Mouth" multi-year reunion drew people from classes in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Organizers Nynell Langford and Terry Lea hosted the three-floor party along with longtime friend Bowlegged Lou from the R&B group, Full Force. Although Tropical Storm Ophelia dumped rain on the region on Saturday Sept. 23, and caused flooding in shore communities, hundreds still braved the storm to find a warm, welcoming atmosphere at the Atlantic City Soldier’s Home.

Most were Vikings alumni. But Pleasantville Greyhounds and alumni from other schools were also in the building.

The first floor of the building was the Club Harlem, Studio 54, Dance Ballroom.

The VIP Lounge paid homage to Linda’s Room, a beloved nightclub where many from the resort shared their coming-of-age stories.

The second-floor paid tribute to Langford's and Lea’s father Sonny Lea, who owned Sonny’s Barbershop on Kentucky Avenue. Sonny’s on the second-floor had everything from a life-size cutout of Sonny Lea, to the barber chairs and even the political signs and other Atlantic City memorabilia that hung in the shop.

A Shaft and Superfly double-feature were held in the second-floor atrium.

The movie came with free popcorn and snacks. Photo Credit: Mark Tyler

Many brought their own skates and turned the third floor into a skate lounge complete with lights and a DJ.


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